Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705)

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Thomas Povey, the uncle of William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717) of Dyrham Park, was a statesman under Charles II. He had a significant art collection, which was admired by the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Many of the paintings from his collection were purchased by his nephew for Dyrham Park in the 1690s and some of them remain at Dyrham today.

In this portrait, Povey is shown pointing to the right, in the direction of a blasted oak tree under a stormy sky that can be seen in the background. This tree also features in the other portrait of Povey in the collection at Dyrham Park. A placard with the date 1657 hangs on the tree to the left. This may be one of the portraits of Thomas Povey that William Blathwayt I purchased from his uncle in 1693.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath


Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705)




oil on canvas


H 104 x W 82.5 cm

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purchased by the Ministry of Works through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust for Dyrham Park, 1956

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Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER England

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